Hearts of Fun Playground opens for accessible fun

Traditional playground equipment is inaccessible to students with motor issues and other physical challenges, leaving many children behind during playtime. The Ingham Intermediate School District’s Heartwood School in Mason has combated this problem by creating a playground that is fully accessible to all children. After almost 10 years of work, the Heart of Fun Playground has been completed.

Mason businesses face the reality of mask mandates

For his entire life, Ed Reeser has been adamant about individual rights. Reeser said he believes the government should not have a say over what people can and cannot do in their personal lives, but he is adamant that the executive order requiring masks is a great decision,  

On July 13 a state-wide mandate requiring masks in public was put into effect by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. In Mason, citizens and businesses are adjusting once again to a new normal because of COVID-19. Throughout the summer, businesses in Mason have had the ability to choose if masks are required and. Business managers, like Craig Wieferich, general manager of the Eldorado Golf Course in Mason, were put in a tough position regarding masks.

Protesters and counter-protesters connect at BLM event

Paul Kato with Counter-Protester

When Joshua Ray Bell drove from Stockbridge to Mason, he did not envision himself having the biggest impact at the Black Lives Matter protest. He did not picture receiving a standing ovation from the hundreds in attendance because of the words he spoke to the lone counter-protester. However, Bell did all of this and educated a young mind about the lessons of racial tolerance in the process. A 19-year-old Mason resident showed up to the Black Lives Matter protest waving a Confederate flag from the back of his white Chevy Impala. His presence was largely ignored by the crowd peacefully protesting.

Mason retailers ready for business, again

Teresa Wren spent her days of quarantine inside her business, Kean’s, wondering if they were going to be able to open their doors ever again. Kean’s has been a part of Mason’s downtown landscape since 1928 and was under risk of closing for good.  

For many of the family-owned businesses in Mason, the pandemic only shut their doors temporarily, not permanently, thanks to the support of the Mason community. Many businesses had to reshape the structure of their business model to accommodate customers while their doors were closed as well. Wren said that the support from the local community is the main reason why Kean’s doors remain open.

Laying down quilts to sew masks

After leaving the health care field to raise a family, Sharla Horton thought her says of masks were over. Now, because of Covid-19 she is making them herself. As the cases of coronavirus continue to increase the supple of PPE is running low. This is when Horton used materials from her quilting business to start sewing. “I just wanted to help,” Horton said.

Roger Bauer stands in his driveway, across the street from a city park, smiling.

Mason seeks community input on parks plan

Ally TelforRoger Bauer, a retired Mason resident, said many neighborhood children love playing at Laylan Park, which he lives across the street from. For two years, the City of Mason has gathered input from citizens regarding parks and recreation improvement projects, and now it is ready to put them into action. The city offered an online survey and information about the plan through its Facebook page, email and notices in the Ingham County Community News. On Jan. 14, the Planning Commission recommended the plan be adopted by the City Council.